WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassment to the Pentagon, newly published photographs purport to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan.
Top U.S. military and civilian officials rushed to condemn the soldiers’ actions Wednesday, calling them repugnant and a dishonor to the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of Americans who have served in the war there.
The photos were published by the Los Angeles Times, which said one shows members of the 82nd Airborne Division posing in 2010 with Afghan police and the severed legs of a suicide bomber.
The newspaper says the same platoon a few months later went to investigate the remains of three insurgents reported to have accidentally blown themselves up — and that soldiers again posed and mugged for photographs with the remains.
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